Upinderjit Kaur

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Upinderjit Kaur
MLA, Punjab
In office
1997 - 2012
Preceded by Gurmail Singh (politician)
Succeeded by Navtej Singh Cheema
Constituency Sultanpur
Minister for Technical Education and Industrial Training
In office
1997 -2002
Succeeded by Rajinder Kaur Bhattal
Minister for School Education
In office
2007 -2010
Preceded by Harnam Das Johar
Succeeded by Sewa Singh Sekhwan
Minister for Finance & Planning
In office
October 2010 -March 2012
Preceded by Manpreet Singh Badal
Succeeded by Parminder Singh Dhindsa
Personal details
Political party Shiromani Akali Dal
Residence Kapurthala, Punjab, India
Religion Sikhism

Dr. Upinderjit Kaur is an Indian politician and belongs to the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal. In October 2010, she became the first woman finance & planning minister in the independent India.

Early life[edit]

Her father Atma Singh was a minister Punjab and Akali Dal leader. Her mother's name is Bibi Tej Kaur. She did M.A. in economics from Delhi University and M.A. in Punjabi from Panjab University, Chandigarh. She got Ph.D in Economics from Punjabi University, Patiala.

Academic Career[edit]

She has taught Economics at Punjabi University and was Professor of Economics. She was also as Principal of Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Sultanpur Lodhi, and Dist. Kapurthala. She has written two books 'Development of Theory of Demand' and 'Sikh Religion and Economic Development'.[1] Her second book is about the role of non-economic factors, especially religion in economic development. She was awarded Dr. Ganda Singh Memorial Award for original research paper 'The Place and Status of Women in Sikh Society'.

Political Career[edit]

She was elected to the Punjab Legislative Assembly in 1997 on a Akali Dal ticket from Sultanpur for first time.[2] She was made a cabinet minister in the Prakash Singh Badal government and given portfolio of Technical Education and Industrial Training, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Housing and Urban Development.[3] She was re-elected from Sultanpur in 2002 and 2007.[4][5][6] She was again made cabinet minister in 2007 and was minister of Education, Civil Aviation, Vigilance and Justice. In October 2010, she was made minister of finance after the removal of Manpreet Singh Badal.[7] She is the first woman finance minister in the independent India.[8] She has remained member of various Vidhan Sabha Committees, such as Public Accounts Committee, Estimates Committee, Public Undertakings Committee, House Committee. In 2012 Punjab elections she was the oldest candidate among woman at the age of 72.[9]